As we mentioned last update we are back and this time to introduce you to one of our newest members who will have the opportunity to attend competition due to your generosity. Meet Rhett pictured below.
As a first year member on our team, Rhett Watson is a junior studying mechanical engineering. After swapping his focus from aerospace engineering to mechanical, Rhett knew that practical, hands-on knowledge would be crucial to his success after college. Luckily enough, Formula SAE is there to provide this experience to him and many others. He came to the team this year looking to get involved in whatever way he could. He soon was placed on the powertrain team and began to shadow the experienced members, trying to learn as much as he could. A limited background in mechanical and shop work allowed Rhett to catch on quickly. In no time at all, Rhett began completing his own tasks and earning his way on to the team. With the knowledge and skills gained from the design and build of this year’s formula vehicle, Rhett is eager to return his senior year and tackle the project once again for his senior design class. Still, a trip to Michigan was not in the plan for Rhett this year, his first on the team. When the possibility arose for him to possibly accompany the team to competition based on the generosity of the formula donors, Rhett’s passion for the team and what it could do grew even higher. Competition experience is necessary in order to push learning beyond the classroom. The friendly, or not so friendly competition between ERAU and the other teams is the fastest way to adopt habits that will improve the future success of the vehicle and Rhett is hopeful for this opportunity. He may be one of the newest members on the team, but Rhett is showing commitment and drive and we look forward to his future contributions.
We have just a few days until our campaign is complete and we will be making a final push so that we may raise a little bit more to bring our total up. If you would like to help us with our final push please feel free to share our story with your friends. We thank you again for your generosity and cannot wait to update you on our results at competition.